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Golf: Tiger's fate a mystery as year's last major looms

Published on Aug 6, 2014 7:29 AM
 
Tiger Woods at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on Aug 3, 2014 in Akron, Ohio. Woods was nowhere to be seen on Tuesday at the PGA Championship and his status for Thursday's scheduled start at Valhalla remained uncertain. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOUISVILLE (AFP) - Tiger Woods was nowhere to be seen on Tuesday at the PGA Championship, except for his image on promotional banners, and his status for Thursday's scheduled start at Valhalla remained uncertain.

Former world number one Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, suffered a back injury on Sunday during his final round at the World Golf Championships event in Akron, Ohio.

Woods, who underwent back surgery on March 31 to ease a pinched nerve, returned in late June and missed the cut at a PGA event his foundation owns, then shared 69th, his career worst 72-hole major showing, at last month's British Open.

Woods has not finished 72 holes in a US event this year without pain, going the distance only at Doral in March with a final-round 78 when he struggled to bend a collected his ball from the cup and grimaced at times after shots.

 
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